Jane Barnette


Associate Professor, Resident Dramaturg and Alpha Psi Omega Advisor


Jane Barnette holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Theatre and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University. She teaches classes in history, theory, literature, dramaturgy, and general education. Barnette’s production work includes dramaturgy for original adaptations of literature, classic and contemporary plays, and musical theatre—for examples of her dramaturgy, see these websites. In the spring of 2014, she will produce an original adaptation of Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, co-created with Michael Haverty, for both KSU and 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta. 


Barnette is the author of “The Matinee Audience in Peril: The Syndicate’s Mr. Bluebeard and the Iroquois Theatre Fire” and “Rail-izing the Nation Along Lake Michigan: The Wheels a-Rolling Pageant,” both of which appeared in Theatre Symposium and stem from her research interests in the intersections of popular culture and the railroad business. Her chapter, “Literary Adaptation for the Stage: A Primer for Dramaturgs” will appear in the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. Barnette’s articles and reviews have also appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre InSight, and Theatre Journal


In 2012, she joined eleven other professors from the state of Georgia as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the summer session, and the following summer she was invited to lead two workshops for the new fellows. A recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of the Arts, Barnette has explored the intersection of yoga/yogic philosophy and pedagogy for the past several years as coordinator of and participant in a Faculty Learning Community. She is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Society for Theatre Research, and serves as the Regional Vice President for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and Associate Editor for Theatre Symposium.



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